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Applying For Adding A New Category (Based On Exchanging License)

This service enables you to apply for adding a new license category based on exchanging a driving license with exceptions to certain nationalities (Check the table in Terms and Conditions).

Disclaimer

Reference to the UAE Cabinet Decision (30) of 2017 on traffic and traffic safety services, the fees of driving licenses and vehicles are changed. For more information please visit https://www.rta.ae/links/lic-updates.pdf or contact RTA call centre on the following number: 8009090.

Eligibility

Individual customers, citizens and residents, are eligible to apply for this service.

Required documents

  1. Original driving license from the exception countries
  2. Original Emirates ID
  3. Eye results test based on category (electronic eye test)
  4. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from sponsor for residents, with the exception of the 66 professions
  5. Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for diplomats.

Judge

Shipmaster

Prosecutor

Noukhaza

Lawyer

Pharmacist

Consultant

Nurse

Legalist

Military personnel

Doctor/General practitioner

Imam

Doctor

Orator

Surgeon

Daiah

Specialist

Speaker

Advisor

Mufti

Specialist

Marriage official

Expert

Muezzin

Professor

Reciter

Teacher

Historian

Instructor

Journalist

Trainer

Editor

Guide

Director

Lecturer

Producer

Engineer

Commentator

Contractor

Anchor

Investor

Program planner

Owner of land or property

Sports referee

Trader

Sports player

Businessman

Accountant

Free business

Financial analyst/researcher

Owner or partner of a business/establishment

Economic analyst/researcher

Auctioneer

Geologist

Broker

Tour guide

Commercial agent

Auditor

Manager

Computer programmer

Pilot

Writer

Hostess

Storekeeper

Captain

Treasurer

Note: Customers with visas issued by other emirates and who have personal sponsorships cannot add a category.

Output

New driving license with added category.

Service fees

  • 200 AED license fees
  • +20 AED Knowledge and Innovation fees.

Validity

Depends on the remaining validity period of the previous permit.

Average processing time

  • 1 visit to the Customer Happiness Centres.

Ways to apply

Process

Through centres:

  • The customer submits the required documents at the centre
  • The customer adds the requested category
  • The customer is required to settle the fees of the service
  • The customer receives the license with the new categories directly from the centre.

Terms and conditions

  • The customer must be present in person
  • The company must have a branch in Dubai in case the visa is issued in another emirate. The customer must work for this company.
  • The nationality of the customer must be from one of the exception countries, and the license should be issued in one of the said countries.
  • The customer must pass the eye test according to the requested category.
  • To be able to replace driving licenses issued from Iceland:
    • The customer must have a valid permit or residence visa
    • The driving license must be permanent and valid
    • The customer’s age must be in accordance with the laws of the party required to replace
    • The customer must pass the medical test (eye test)
    • The customer must present a legalized translation of the license from an accredited legal office if it was not in English
    • The license must be withdrawn from the issuing parties.
  • Exception countries:

GCC Countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

Saudi Arabic

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities

All categories

Kuwait

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities

All categories

Bahrain

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities

All categories

Oman

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities

All categories

Qatar

All exception countries

No

Yes, from all GCC nationalities

All categories

European countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

Lithuania

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Portugal

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Hungary

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Bulgaria

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Latvia

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Serbia

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Luxembourg

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Iceland

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Motorcycle and light vehicle

Cyprus

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Light vehicle

Slovakia

Nationals only

Yes

Yes

Light vehicle

Romania

All exception countries

No

Yes

All categories

Germany

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Italy

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Switzerland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Poland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Finland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Spain

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Holland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Greece

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Sweden

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Belgium

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Ireland

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Turkey

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Denmark

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Austria

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

France

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Britain

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Norway

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Northern American countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

United States of America

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Canada

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

East Asian countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

Japan

All exception countries

Yes

No

All categories

South Korea

All exception countries

Yes

No

All categories

Hong kong

Nationals only

Yes

No

All categories

People's Republic of China

Nationals only

Yes

No

Light vehicle

Australia

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

New Zealand

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

Singapore

Nationals only

No

No

Motorcycle and light vehicle

After passing the knowledge test (signs test)

African countries

License origin

Nationality

License requires translation (yes/no)

The foreign license must be withdrawn (yes/no)

Replaceable categories

South Africa

All exception countries

No

No

All categories

  • Driving license issued from the below countries cannot be replaced:
    • Puerto Rico (USA)
    • North Mariana (USA)
    • Guam island (USA)
    • Liechtenstein island (Switzerland)
    • Monaco island (France)
    • Jersey island (Britain).

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